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John Galt Carey
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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble, Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Is music your main income source?
Where do you live?
West Hartford, CT
About Me (Must include at least one paragraph of biographical information about you as a composer) - blank or minimal answers on this line will cause your request to be rejected. Include a link to your website if you have one.
I can remember being a composer at heart since my earliest memories. Growing up in a very musical environment (my mother was an opera singer and my father a voice teacher), I recall improvising at the piano and imagining fully scored soundtracks in my head in my early childhood. When I was about twelve I developed a love for the piano which quickly sparked my interest in composition, and I haven't looked back since.

I am currently studying composition and music production/technology at the Hartt School of Music. My hobbies include chess, hiking, theatre, and mental exploration. I listen to practically every genre of music, and love art in all of its forms.

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John Carey -- Concerto for Viola and Orchestra

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Galt Carey Feb 18, 2012. 4 Replies

This is my most recently finished work. Incidentally, I also believe this to be my finest compositional achievement to date, and it certainly required more effort than any other piece I've written in…Continue

Tags: orchestra, viola, concerto, Carey, John

"Visions" for Wind Quintet

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Galt Carey Sep 18, 2011. 2 Replies

Hi all, Here is my most recent work, "Visions" for Wind Quintet. My goal in this piece was to write a more contemplative, textural work that relies less on constant movement and drama. Many of my…Continue

Tags: woodwinds, quintet, wind

Sonata for Cello and Harp

Started this discussion. Last reply by vincenti zghra Jun 17, 2011. 11 Replies

Here is my most recent composition. Being my first extended work featuring harp, it proved to be a challenging but rewarding experience. My aim with this work was to further develop the harmonic…Continue

Tags: Harp, Cello

String Quartet No. 1 ("Reflections and Revelations")

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Galt Carey Jan 15, 2011. 4 Replies

This is probably the most personal work of mine, written during a time of great emotional turmoil. In this piece, I wanted to illustrate a journey of spiritual understanding, and the plethora of…Continue


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  • 1.
    Concerto for Viola and Orchestra - I. Lento - Maestoso - More Lively - Giocoso
  • 2.
    Concerto for Viola and Orchestra - II. Theme and Variations
  • 3.
    Concerto for Viola and Orchestra - III. Allegro Molto
  • 4.
    Visions for Wind Quintet
  • 5.
    Sonata for Cello and Harp - 1. Rubato
  • 6.
    Sonata for Cello and Harp - 2. Vivace_ Like a dance.
  • 7.
    Sonata for Cello and Harp - 3. Adagio
  • 8.
    Sonata for Cello and Harp - 4. Presto
  • 9.
    Ballade for Piano Quintet
  • 10.
    Sonata for Violin and Piano (Live) - 1. Slowly and mysteriously - Quickly, with urgency.
  • 11.
    Sonata for Violin and Piano - 2. Adagio. Tranquil, with a sense of yearning.
  • 12.
    Sonata for Violin and Piano - 3. Presto
  • 13.
    Fantasy for Two Pianos
  • 14.
    String Quartet - 1. Adagio - Presto - Fugato
  • 15.
    String Quartet - 2. Agitato
  • 16.
    String Quartet - 3. Adagio

Currently Composing:

  • "The Bells," for unaccompanied choir

  • Piano Quintet

  • "Kaleidoscopes" for mallets and percussion

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Allow me to introduce myself...

Posted on January 5, 2011 at 4:00am 0 Comments

I'm John Carey. I've mostly self-taught as a composer but am currently in my second year studying composition at the Hartt School of Music.


I was born in Redlands, California, but spent the majority of my life in New England. Fortunately for me, my family has always been rather artistically oriented. My mother was a successful operatic and choral singer who performed extensively in Germany and the United States for a period of about twenty years, and my father was her final…


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At 3:29am on January 5, 2011, Michael Thomas Huspek said…
Pure Genius... your my new favorite composer!
At 3:02pm on October 12, 2010, Chris Merritt said…
Welcome to the Composers' Forum, by the way! Upload some tracks for us to check out!
At 3:01pm on October 12, 2010, Chris Merritt said…
Not really a fan - I read it at request of a college friend. It felt more like an elaborate chick lit book. As Amy Taggart moves from one lover to the next, each more powerful and important. Kind of like it was a fantasy of the author, with a little philosophy thrown in to keep it real, yo. But it's been years since I read it, and I was younger and even dummer back then!
At 1:45pm on October 12, 2010, Chris Merritt said…
Hey John! Ever read any Ayn Rand? Atlas Shrugged was about a guy named John Galt (I think...)

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